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Founders of End Education Without Representation explain reasoning behind 14-year-old vote bill

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm with 5 Comments »
February 1, 2011 3:26 pm

A bill filed Monday that would give 14-year-old students in good standing the right to vote in school board elections has gotten a lot of reaction, mostly negative.

But one of the backers of the measure suggests people understand the rationale behind it before passing judgment. The group of students centered at Seattle’s Garfield High School call their group “The Campaign to End Education Without Representation.”

“I am one of the students that came up with this idea,” wrote Jesse Seidman. “Before coming to conclusions I would recommend that you read our reasoning on our facebook page.

Seidman gave this summary of the arguments behind expanding voting for school board elections only:

1. An 80 year old grandmother with Alzheimer’s or some other disease can vote for who will manage my education.

2. We (the students) are the ones directly effected by the actions taken by school board member.

3. Statistically people who start voting at a younger age are more likely to vote for the rest of their lives.

4. The students who do vote will be the ones that care and are better educated on the subject they are voting for.

5. Allowing students to vote promotes active citizenship.

Here’s our earlier posting that talked about the bill by Seattle Democratic Sen. Scott White.

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  1. hortonpeak says:

    Why 14 years of age? Why not 6 when folks enter the first grade. But then we also have kindergarten, prekindergarten, etc. So why not start voting at, oh let’s see, 2 years of age or so. But then the way many adults vote perhaps we would be better off with 2 year olds voting.

  2. I’d been wondering if there might be some students in his district behind this. I guess they got a good lesson in how mean some adults can be.

  3. nvanputten says:

    In contrast to Jesse, who I image shows up to English class, TNT reporter Peter Callaghan apparently hasn’t learned the difference between being “effected by the actions” and being *affected* by the actions.

  4. spotted1 says:

    It makes as much sense as any other voting age. Too many people follow the crowd and vote for who is popular. How will this be any different for 14 year olds who are as much or more influenced by the media and their friends?

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